Your Hospital Team
Coordination of your hospital stay is provided by a Care Manager. This registered nurse will monitor your progress and collaborate with other hospital staff to coordinate your care and plan for needed resources. Your Care Manager will address any concerns you may have, anticipate needs following your discharge, and help arrange services that are medically appropriate, such as home health care, medical supplies and equipment, and medication assistance. The goal is to facilitate a smooth transition from the hospital to home or to the next level of care.
The hospital’s registered dietitians work closely with your doctors, nurses and other members of the health care team to provide nutritional care and education. Through a vast selective menu, the registered dietitians and clinical nutrition assistants will work with you to accommodate your specific needs.
Hospitalists are physicians who work full-time in the hospital. They specialize in providing care around-the-clock for patients while they are hospitalized, so are well-acquainted with hospital processes, staff, and patients' needs. Hospitalists also work closely with your primary care physician to help coordinate optimal care.
The Patient Registration Department provides interpretation services
at no cost 24 hours a day for patients and family members who speak
limited or no English. Spanish interpreters trained to understand
medical concerns are available on-site at all times; interpreters
representing more than a dozen other languages are available as needed.
State-of-the-art testing is performed by certified medical technologists and phlebotomists from Holland Hospital’s laboratory—which is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks (among other regulatory organizations) to ensure the highest standards of testing. Many results are available in four hours or less.
Twenty-four-hour nursing care is provided by a team of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and unit technicians. Throughout your stay, an RN will lead the team in monitoring your condition, assessing needs, and coordinating your nursing care.
We feel that education about your illness or injury is crucial to your recovery as you leave the hospital. Your nurse will provide you with education throughout your stay. In addition, depending on your recovery needs, you may get a visit from the hospital’s Patient Education Coordinator, who will discuss information critical to your health and recovery.
The doctor who admits you is responsible for directing your care throughout your hospital stay. He or she will direct all arrangements for medication, special diets, laboratory tests, therapy and/or other treatments. Your doctor, as the coordinator of your treatment program, should be consulted if you have any questions about your illness or injury.
Depending on your illness or injury, your doctor may prescribe physical or occupational therapy to begin during your hospitalization. The therapist aims to increase patients' mobility, reduce their pain, and teach patients and caregivers simple exercises to perform in the hospital and after discharge. Patients who experience difficulty swallowing or speaking may also receive a visit from a speech therapist.
Holland Hospital is fortunate to have more than 400 committed and trained volunteers to give their time and talents to our patients. A volunteer may visit your room to deliver meal trays or to bring flowers or mail. A volunteer may also assist you with internal transports and discharge from the hospital.